Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2017: Salsa, Bomba, Merengue,Reggaeton, Bachata, Latin Jazz, Bolero and more

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Another year

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

Added bolero into title, but not Cubaton (decided the latter is covered by reggaeton).

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:10 (ten months ago) Permalink


The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

I hope something worth talking about happens this year, other than the deaths of musical giants.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

From timberamayor's new timba thread over on salsaforums. This is from last year, but given the speed at which the subject of this thread moves, I think that's okay. Some nice things going on, on this:

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

The vocals are the most appealing part for me.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

Interesting Bandcamp article on Puerto Rican punk-salsa group Orquesta El Macabeo...

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just realized it's been over five years since the last Michael Stuart album. How about an album of him singing some new salsa dura and not more tribute to this tribute to that?

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 6 January 2017 15:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yep. Saw this 2014 one-off song from him. He did some live gigs in 2016, but no album.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I completely missed that song. Will need to listen a few times. On first listen, it seems more serviceable than truly noteworthy.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

N#d S*blette has been raving about this group who have been visiting NYC this weekend. They're at the SOBs club in NYC tonight and the below is from the club's site


As diplomatic tensions thaw, the dance floor heats up with the U.S. debut of one of Cuba’s most essential bands. Winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, Septeto Santiaguero honed its sound at Santiago de Cuba’s famous nightclub Casa de la Trova. Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto “El Canario” and Rubén Blades, the band knows how to keep crowds moving wherever they go.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

Pareles in NY Times :

Septeto Santiaguero, which was formed in 1995 to revive 1940s- and 1950s-style Cuban pop with a slight twist: adding a conga drummer to make it an eight-man septet. Driven by conga and bongos, topped with acoustic guitar and solos plucked on the tres, with trumpet cheekily answering the singers, it was sly, romantic, definitively Cuban and not just for local delight.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 20:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

they were... fine? don't get the hubbub.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Friday, 13 January 2017 18:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

Cubanophiles will be that way.

Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto “El Canario” and Rubén Blades

Are they supposed to represent "the new?" Pretty cutting edge. (Not that there is much of a cutting edge at this point.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

^ That reminds me of a friend interviewing Marcos Valle and asking if he would be playing mostly old stuff and he said "no, I've got some more recent stuff too" and as an example mentioned a single of his from the 80's.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 16 January 2017 10:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

Residente from Calle 13 has a NSFW video for his new solo song "Somos Anormales". Its ok

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

“I think he should have more salsa at his events.”

Colón unfamiliar with the taco bowl tweet apparently.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

Ugh; Willie Colón comes out pro-Trump.

Some refreshingly sensible comments from him there, though I wouldn't criticize performers who want to boycott the inauguration. Considering who Trump was running against, I am relieved he won. He's not the only lifetime Democrat to vote for Trump.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

But then again, I don't believe in open borders either.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

Considering who Trump was running against, I am relieved he won.

OK, bye now. I have no interest in continuing this conversation.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 19 January 2017 02:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

I don't agree with Rudiph either. Trump's Supreme Court nominees will not be helpful

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2017 17:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just watched some video of afro-Venezuelan singing and percussion ensemble Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Good stuff

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 January 2017 17:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

Residente traced his genealogy and traveled to those various parts of the world linked to his heritage to record his new solo effort. Plus he discovered he's 3rd cousins of the Hamilton director Miranda. I haven't heard the new album yet.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2017 16:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

I forget whether I have heard Don Omar song that's #1 on a Billboard chart

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

I was the only vote for Ile: Canibal in the Voice critics poll song/track list

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

This year is the 20th anniversary of Silencio = Muerte: Red Hot + Latin. Remember when "rock en español" was a thing?

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 18:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Less crossover interest but things like the LAMC still happen

Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) ... JULY 11th - 15th, 2017 NEW YORK CITY REGISTRATION COMING SOON

plus this:

Café Tacuba and others

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 19:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh, I know it still exists - the new Chicano Batman album is great. I mostly meant "a thing" as in "a thing you could get English-language editors to give a shit about."

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 19:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

Sadly, too many editors (and music critics) seem to be only interested in English language indie, plus pop and rap

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 20:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Cuban acts remain trendy for some fests and concert halls. This is from the just announced New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest where Meghan Trainor and other big pop names will headline while on a smaller stage:


Los Van Van ; Chucho Valdes Quintet ; Gente de Zona; Pedrito Martinez and the Rumba
; Telmary y Habana Sana of Cuba; Adonis y Osain del Monte of Cuba; Septeto Santiaguero of Cuba ; Changüí Guantánamo of Cuba; Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro of Cuba; Daymé Arocena of Cuba ; Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba; Grupo Caury of Cuba ;

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 20:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

I just turned in a Q&A with a Cuban metal band to Bandcamp. I included their answers in the original Spanish, alongside the translations, in case anyone reading was interested.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 20:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


Donde Están? by Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

Best Tropical Latin Grammy winner at last night's award show

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 14:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Ilevitable.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 13 February 2017 16:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

the award went posthumously to Lugo and his Guasábara Combo for Dónde Están?, his last album before he succumbed to cancer in June 2016.

Lugo, a pianist, producer and bandleader, was no stranger to the Grammys; in 2006, Gilberto Santa Rosa’s Directo al corazón, produced by Lugo, won Best salsa album. And Lugo himself was nominated for his album Guasábara in 2010.

But death is powerful when it comes to awards. Already respected as a musician, Lugo was suddenly front and center after battling cancer, and losing, at only 56 years old.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

from that Billboard article: Fonseca, fresh from winning a Latin Grammy (for Best tropical song), seemed a shoe-in with his adventuresome Conexión.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Still haven't listened to those 2 but intend to

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

Eh the Fonseca album's pop sheen is too gloppy

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

Finally listened to the Grammy winning late Lugo and his Guasábara Combo-- Dónde Están?.

Nice solid salsa and a cut near the end that has a Brazilian carnival drums feel to it.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ben Ratliff, former NY Times critic and others liked his late 2008 “Guasábara” (Norte) album that has a mini-orchestra on it with 9 horn players and 5 percussionists plus guest vocalists.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

A current freelancer for NY Times on Latin jazz folks like Pedrito Martínez, Alfredo Rodríguez and Arturo O’Farrill and David Virelles and bassist Luques Curtis. Martinez is a great rumba percussionist and more.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

gio's good people and a solid writer

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

He used to be down here in the DC area and yes, good people. As for what he's writing about--As I have previously noted here--too much Latin jazz seems formulaic to me in a manner that does not wow me, but I will give a shot to listening to some of the folks he mentioned that I have not previously heard.

Salsa can also be criticized as formulaic, but I like that Pedro Lugo farewell release more than most Latin jazz.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jose Lugo I mean.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Listened to a bit of Jose Lugo and his orchestra on the 2008 Guasábara album. Good stuff. He's not quite hard enough salsa I am guessing for some, but his arrangements aren't wimpy either.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

Listening now to last year's album. They sound like they'd rather be playing bad Latin jazz. The rhythm is solid though.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

Lugo was an arranger and band leader at times for singers like Santa Rosa and Manuelle that you have rarely praised, so I don't expect you to be impressed

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

Lugo did lose in the Latin musicians only Grammys held earlier:

Best Salsa Album
Grupo Niche, 35 Aniversario
WINNER: India, Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel
José Lugo & Guasábara Combo, ¿Dónde Están?
Bobby Valentín, Mi Ritmo Es Bueno
Johnny Ventura, Tronco Viejo

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

He also used to play with another nominee there-- Bobby Valentin

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

There is an extremely common horn lick loop that I just heard again and always wonder where it originated. First place I heard it was Benny Moré's "Que Bueno Baila Usted," so I always think it must be from there but not sure. Maybe I even brought this up before.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Don't know

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Haven't heard.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Thanks anyway for responding. Here, at 0:42

Lucas With The Lydian F (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Also, saw great Latin Jazz at Terraza last night.

Lucas With The Lydian F (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:46 (three months ago) Permalink

I toyed with going to see young Peruvian salsa singer Cesar Vega Friday night, but I figured gig wouldn't start till 1 am and decided not to go.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 August 2017 04:13 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This article tilts at windmills a bit--

So, “Despacito” will not save us. But wait! Isn’t it great that amidst the racism and xenophobia of the Trump era, people all over the world (including more than a few Trump voters) are shaking their butts to Despacito? Fonsi told NPR that:

The timing is quite perfect, you know, in this environment we live in… I don’t want to turn this song into a political environment, because it’s not. It’s a great song to make us feel good. But in the times that we live, where some people want to divide and want to build walls — we’re going through a lot of change, so it’s quite lovely that a Spanish song is No. 1 right now.

Except there’s this little thing called history, and it tends to repeat itself. The Mambo craze of the 1950s that sent many Cuban songs to the top of the charts did not end racism and poverty so why should we expect the current moment to be any different? Neither did the Latin explosion of 1999. Despacito, and the imitators that it will inspire, will do nothing to improve the cultural, political or economic status of Afro-Latinos. As Jezebel Culture Editor, Julianne Escobedo warns, “Don’t let Bieber play you!”

What is the point of decrying the many ways the music industry exploits Afro-Latinos when nothing can be done (and we haven’t even touched on the obvious problems of sexism in reggaetón and the music industry)? Capitalism is so entrenched, you may as well be tilting at windmills. Except, there is a growing movement to build a new, more democratic economy that empowers producers, including cultural producers, to control their production. Groups like Sol Collective in Sacramento and Rhythm Conspiracy in New Orleans are experimenting with cooperatives and other forms that allow artists to cut the middlemen, the gatekeeper publicists and the record labels.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 August 2017 18:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Another take re "Despacito"--

The success of “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” also has to be coupled with other mainstream media appearances and opportunities for visibility, explains Jack Rico, the host of the Latin pop culture podcast Highly Relevant. He points out that “Despacito,” with all its record-breaking accolades, was left out of this year’s Video Music Awards nominations. Rico says mass-media moments like these are critical blows to Latin representation....The current iteration of this Latin boom has also been very specific when it comes to those who benefit. Male artists who make music in the reggaeton-pop vein have a path to success, but that’s not necessarily the case for those who don’t fit the “Despacito” model. Spanish-speaking female artists are missing from the crossover conversation, which also doesn’t include lesser-known genres in the Latin music world.

Isabelia Herrera, the music editor of the culture website Remezcla, notes that the idea of “Latin music” itself is problematic, a broad umbrella term that encompasses dozens of countries and genres. All eyes on reggaeton-pop may not actually help genres that don’t sound like what’s trending right now.

“I think this pop moment that reggaeton is having is probably going to continue and be very successful. If you look at the Latin charts, it performs the best,” Herrera said. “But if we talk about regional Mexican, or salsa, I’m very hesitant. I don’t really know what’s going to happen with things that don’t fit into the construction of what outsiders think Latin music is.”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:38 (two months ago) Permalink


Meanwhile Fania, I see in another Billboard article, is trying to promote their brand to a new audience via dj remixes:

“At Fania, we see working with DJs and creating remixes of the original classic as a huge opportunity to target a new audience and thus begin a lifelong connection with the Fania brand,” Skolnick said. “It’s working incredibly well. We’ve increased our social media engagement with 18-34 year olds by more than 150% in the last two years.”

Recently completing a tour in Europe, Marquez will perform at a record release party at Kinfolk as part of the Armada Fania DJ pop series in Brooklyn on Sept. 7, before going on an extensive tour throughout the U.S.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Spanish-speaking female artists are missing from the crossover conversation, which also doesn’t include lesser-known genres in the Latin music world.

Oh no! Lesser no genres in Latin music continue to be obscure. It's all the fault of those outsiders constructing what "Latin music" is. Everyone knows that all Latinos (another problematic construction, admittedly) listen to all of Latin music in its entirety.

A lot of music writing (like a lot of other writing) seems driven by the need to say something, even if there's nothing that needs to be said.

The hand-wringing looks pretty funny to me at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Everyone knows that all Latinos (another problematic construction, admittedly) listen to all of Latin music in its entirety.

That's why I used to hear Puerto Ricans blasting all that banda when I was living at 16th & Green in Philadelphia in the 90s.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:54 (two months ago) Permalink

The Despacito video breaks new ground, drawing attention to previously completely ignored Latina curviness.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:07 (two months ago) Permalink

But uncelebrated Latina asses remain uncelebrated. What is to be done?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Somewhere there is a reasonably good looking young Ecuadoran woman with not much of a booty at all. When will a major label put her in a video?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile I see that El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico are doing a 55th anniversary tour that will bring them to the Palace, in Woodbridge , VA half an hour or so south of Washington DC Friday night. Only Spanish language bands play there. I think I saw the 50th anniversary tour.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:51 (two months ago) Permalink

I have basically zero sympathy for people demanding mainstream recognition of Spanish-language music in the U.S. That actor may have some points. I can't really comment on film and TV since I'm so oblivious to them. But Despacito is a pop reggaeton mediocrity, I don't care how many youtube views it has received, or how many times it has been streamed. (I would of course care if I were in the music industry.)

Me [while Africando's "Yay Boy" is playing in club]: This is a good song.
Puerto Rican salsera: Do you understand the words?
Me: No.
Puerto Rican salsera: How do you know it's a good song.

A lot of people think that way, not just white non-Hispanics.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

True re how many people react to non-English songs. However while I recognize that statistically the likelihood of reggaeton or more obscure Latinx sounds becoming a regular part of the mainstream US pop culture may be small, I understand the desire for that culture to be represented.

So "Despacito" was played at a wedding that I was at over Labor Day weekend, and even two (likely Trump supporting )conservatives there that I know, danced.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Kind of like this, but the melodies seem very familiar and I suspect it's a cover:

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 September 2017 20:32 (two months ago) Permalink

New Plena Libre album.

I'm just looking through the very esoteric Spotify New Music Friday Latin playlist.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 September 2017 20:43 (two months ago) Permalink

the melodies seem very familiar and I suspect it's a cover

Yeah - it's right there in the video description: "un remake del clásico de Jorge González"

Here's the original:

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 15 September 2017 23:24 (two months ago) Permalink

OK. I originally heard it on Spotify.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 16 September 2017 05:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for heads up on new Plena Libre. Like them

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 September 2017 14:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Poor Puerto Rico...Hurricane hit it hard

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 September 2017 14:32 (one month ago) Permalink

The charity benefit song "Almost Like Praying" is on Spotify. It's got its moments.

Rather than creating a mournful number, Mr. Miranda said in an interview, he hoped to capture “the spirit of the island.” As a result, the bilingual “Almost Like Praying,” which takes its title and chorus from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s “Maria,” from “West Side Story,” is bursting with energy

an upbeat charity single featuring an all-star lineup of Latin artists from across genres and generations, including Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Rubén Blades, Camila Cabello, John Leguizamo, Rita Moreno and Marc Anthony....
Also featured on the song: Pedro Capo, Dessa, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres and Ana Villafañe.)

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 October 2017 13:14 (one month ago) Permalink

washburne is an all around cool dude

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 8 October 2017 16:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Have you met him?

Commandolin Wind (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 October 2017 17:11 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, coupla times. very friendly on those occasions and happy to talk details and history. also works with belafonte's social justice project teaching music to prisoners

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 01:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Cool. Did you tell him about your dad?

Commandolin Wind (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 01:30 (one month ago) Permalink

heh, yeah i did because he was doing a show about the caribbean roots of ragtime and it seemed pertinent.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Was that for his latest project, Rags and Bones?

Commandolin Wind (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:13 (one month ago) Permalink

yep, i saw him do it with a full band; was one of my better shows of this year tbh

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Washburne in visiting bands in DC a few times. Good player.

Unrelated. Caught some of this below linked PBS doc recently, that aired earlier this year. Some great 60s and 70s NY footage in this. Fania era

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Mostly pop and reggaeton

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 October 2017 17:11 (one month ago) Permalink

N*d S*blette likes his live NY Latin Jazz

Cuban trovador José Aquiles (from Santiago de Cuba) with David Virelles (his son) at the Jazz Gallery on the 20th. I'd definitely go see Harold López-Nussa at the Blue Note (Oct. 23-24), and I'd go to Bobby Sanabria's PR benefit at Le Poisson Rouge (23).

... benefit organized by Miguel Zenón at Jazz Gallery Nov. 1,

. . . and to this one:>#POETSFORPUERTORICO / A Reading for Hurricane Relief / Saturday, November 4, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Poets House / 10 River Terrace / Corner Murray & River Terrace / New York, NY

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 03:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Heard the J. Balvin remix of "Mi Gente" with Beyoncé on Spanish-language pop radio this morning.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:05 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i don't understand much spanish. i just learned what the chorus lyrics to becky g's "mayores" mean and O_o

dyl, Friday, 27 October 2017 20:00 (four weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, huh.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 27 October 2017 20:04 (four weeks ago) Permalink

> Singer orders all white audience members to stand in the back

> White female volunteer refuses

> Volunteer banned for being racist 🙈

— The Safest Space (@TheSafestSpace) November 4, 2017

It's okay to be white.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 5 November 2017 04:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What does that have to do with this thread?

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 November 2017 04:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Reggaeton/ r’nb /Trap vocalist Karol G goes acoustic in the link

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 04:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

She's on tour in the US. With rapper Noriel. Karol G is from Colombia.

On a separate unrelated US tour is the current version of salsa band Grupo Niche, from Colombia.

from wiki--
At the age of 62, Varela was found dead in his Cali home on August 8, 2012, apparently from heart failure.[3] Jairo's daughter, Yanila Varela has been the Grupo Niche's owner since her father's death in 2012.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Karol G with reggaeton & "salsa Urbana" producers/performers LaFame. I kinda like this one too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

RIP percussionist Bobby Matos

Born in the Bronx, moved to Cali in the 80s played with lots of Latino and non-Latino acts (Miriam Makeba, Jim Croche)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Would like to see this Rhythm and Power: Salsa in NYC exhibit before it closes 11-26. But not sure I will be able to

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I was up in NYC this weekend and made it to the Rhythm and Power: Salsa in NYC exhibit! It's small but enjoyable. A great dance video in the hallway that show's the outline of dancers doing various steps, plus a bunch of album covers and other artifacts and audio and photos. Some nice old Palladium ones from the 50s.

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 November 2017 05:39 (four days ago) Permalink

Wow, Ruben Blades won album of the year at the Latin Grammys in Vegas.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:13 (three days ago) Permalink

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